Friendship Circle’s 3rd Annual Heart & Soul Gala

Board Chair, David Evensky, Mayor Daniella Levine Cava, Nechama Harlig, and Rabbi Yossi Harlig

Friendship Circle Miami held its 3rd Annual Heart & Soul Gala on Thursday, November 4 at Fairchild Botanical Gardens. The celebratory occasion, “An Enchanted Evening,” raised more than $230,000 to benefit the organization and its planned, 20,000-square-foot new Friendship Campus, that will be state-of-the-art with capabilities to serve thousands of individuals and families in its full vision.

In an ambience true to its garden theme and backdrop, the gala attracted more than 250 of Miami’s philanthropists, Friendship Circle Miami’s Board of Directors, and business, civic and social leaders. Miami Dade-County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava gave opening remarks about the importance of inclusion, with insightful programming led by Directors Rabbi Yossi Harlig and Nechama Harlig, and Co-Chairs Michele Kaplan and Stacy Bolduc. Florida State Representative and Event Honoree Vance Aloupis was presented the “Heart & Soul” Award for his community contributions.

Ellie with Friendship Circle Volunteers

A distinguished presentation marked the introduction of Friendship Circle Miami’s “We All Belong” campaign, inspired to raise awareness for its mission to provide friendship, belonging, and a sense of community to children and young adults with special needs. The campaign message transcends across humanity and will be a driving force behind Campus fundraising initiatives going forward.

The Gala commenced with a cocktail reception featuring delectable hors d’oeuvres and entertainment of performers and stilt walkers adorned in flora. A gourmet dinner in a grand tent, beautifully landscaped with greenery, followed with a live comedic performance. An expansive silent auction captivated attention of guests, with notable items, from airline tickets and travel to luxury goods and services.

Board of Directors Member, Judge Stanford Blake and Lisa Goldberg
Friendship Circle Director, Rabbi Yossi Harlig & Co Director, Nechama Harlig
Friendship Circle Director, Rabbi Yossi Harlig & Co Director, Nechama Harlig
Co-Director, Nechama Harlig & Board of Directors Member, Claudia Potamkin
Co-Director, Nechama Harlig & Board of Directors Member, Claudia Potamkin
Board of Directors Member, Alex Krys
Gala Co-Chair, Michele Kaplan, Mayor Daniella Levine Cava, and Gala Co-Chair, Stacy Bolduc
Co-Director, Nechama Harlig & Board of Directors Member, Monica Cantera Serralta
Co-Director, Nechama Harlig & Board of Directors Member, Monica Cantera Serralta
Gala Co-Chair, Michele & Board Treasurer, Paul Kaplan
Gala Co-Chair, Michele & Board Treasurer, Paul Kaplan
Silent Auction
Rabbi Yossi Harlig Presents Florida House Representative Vance Aloupis with 3rd Annual Heart & Soul Award
Rabbi Yossi Harlig, Florida House Representative Vance Aloupis, and Board Chair, David Evensky
Outdoor Setting at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
Presenting Sponsor, Bean Automotive Group
Enchanting Garden Ambiance